243889 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals: SAMHSA Program Background and Cross-Site Evaluation Design

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 9:05 AM

Nahama Broner, PhD , Crime, Violence and Justice Program, RTI International, New York, NY
Karl Maxwell, PhD , Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration, Rockville, MD
James Trudeau, PhD , Crime, Violence and Justice Program, RTI International, Research Triangle Park, NC
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI) program funds grantees to provide services to expand and strengthen treatment to those with substance use or co-occurring mental disorders, link treatment services with housing, and increase the number of those who are stably housed and receiving treatment. In operation since 2001, this U.S. federal program has not previously been evaluated. The evaluation framework assumes four interrelated propositions of a socioecological model in which first, clients are located within the local grantee project site, which is located within the local treatment system and the broader community context. Second, there are interactive relationships among these ecological levels. Third, each level contains appropriate evaluation components (i.e. structure, process, outcome, and cost elements). Fourth, grantees are located not only in their local communities but also in the “virtual community” of the federal program that directly influences grantees and indirectly influences their clients and treatment systems in which they are embedded. The cross-site evaluation includes 137 programs, with an impact study of 25 programs. This presentation presents the evolution of SAMHSA's GBHI Treatment for Homeless Program, the goals of the evaluation and the cross-site evaluation design and methodology developed in consultation with a national expert panel. This presentation is proposed as part of a CSAT GBHI panel.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the background and purpose of SAMHSA's Treatment for Homeless, GBHI Program 2. Describe the cross-site evaluation design and methodology

Keywords: Substance Abuse Treatment, Homelessness

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a published author of evaluation and research in this area, the Project Director for this cross-site evaluation, and co-developer of the design, which implementation I am overseeing.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.